Jack Hickey (rugby)
John Hickey posing with test cap and team kit
|Full name||John Joseph Hickey|
|Date of birth||4 June 1887|
|Place of birth||Sydney, NSW|
|Date of death||15 May 1950(aged 63)|
|Place of death||Darlinghurst, New South Wales|
|Rugby league career|
|Rugby union career|
Jack 'Darb' Hickey (4 January 1887 – 15 May 1950) was a pioneer Australian rugby union and rugby league player and represented his country at both sports. He was one of the Australia's early dual-code rugby internationals. He competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. He was famous for scoring the first ever try for the Kangaroos in a Rugby League test match.
Rugby union career
Hickey toured Britain and North America with the Wallabies captained by Paddy Moran in 1908-09. He earned two Test caps against Wales and England on the tour and was a member of the Olympic gold medal winning Wallabies at the 1908 London games.
On his return to Australia he joined the fledgling code of rugby league along with 13 of his Olympic teammates.
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's Rugby union|
|1908 London||Team competition|
Rugby league career
Hickey made his international league debut in the First Test in Sydney on 18 June 1910. Four of his former Wallaby team mates also debuted that day John Barnett, Bob Craig, Charles Russell and Chris McKivat - making them collectively Australia's 11th to 15th dual code internationals. This mirrored a similar occurrence two years earlier when five former Wallabies in Micky Dore, Dally Messenger, Denis Lutge, Doug McLean snr and Johnny Rosewell all debuted for the Kangaroos in the first ever Test against New Zealand.
He played in both rugby league Tests of the 1910 Great Britain Lions tour of Australasia, the first ever, and scoring the first ever try for Australia in a Rugby League Test Match.
"Darb' Hickey died of cancer on 15 May 1950 at the Sacred Heart Hospice, St. Vincent's Hospital. He was aged 63 and was survived by his eight children. A well attended funeral was held for Darb, and he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery on 16 May 1950.
- Whiticker, Alan (2004) Captaining the Kangaroos, New Holland, Sydney
- "Scrum.com player profile of Jack Hickey". Scrum.com. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
- other sources gave his date of birth 16 January 1887
- Sydney Morning Herald: Death/Funeral Notice. 16/05/1950 (page 18)